|Ron McCallum: How technology allowed me to read - TED.com|
Months after he was born, in 1948, Ron McCallum became blind. In this charming, moving talk, he shows how he is able to read -- and celebrates the progression of clever tools and adaptive computer technologies that make it possible. With their help, and that of generous volunteers, he's become a lawyer, an academic, and, most of all, a voracious reader. Welcome to the blind reading revolution. (Filmed at TEDxSydney.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; book; choice; design; disability; technology; TEDxSydney; 2013
|Felix Dennis: Odes to vice and consequences - TED.com|
Media big shot Felix Dennis roars his fiery, funny, sometimes racy original poetry, revisiting haunting memories and hard-won battle scars from a madcap -- yet not too repentant -- life. Best enjoyed with a glass of wine.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2004; TED; Talks; book; entertainment; history; literature; poetry; writing; 2004
|Erin McKean redefines the dictionary - TED.com|
Is the beloved paper dictionary doomed to extinction? In this infectiously exuberant talk, leading lexicographer Erin McKean looks at the many ways today's print dictionary is poised for transformation.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; book; culture; education; entertainment; language; 2007
|Raghava KK: Shake up your story - TED.com|
Artist Raghava KK demos his new children's book for iPad with a fun feature: when you shake it, the story -- and your perspective -- changes. In this charming short talk, he invites all of us to shake up our perspective a little bit.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; arts; book; creativity; design; entertainment; technology; 2011
|Joseph Pine on what consumers want - TED.com|
Customers want to feel what they buy is authentic, but "Mass Customization" author Joseph Pine says selling authenticity is tough because, well, there's no such thing. He talks about a few experiences that may be artificial but make millions anyway.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2004; TED; Talks; book; business; consumerism; creativity; shopping; 2004
|Sam Martin: Claim your "manspace" - TED.com|
Author Sam Martin shares photos of a quirky world hobby that's trending with the XY set: "manspaces." (They're custom-built hangouts where a man can claim a bit of his own territory to work, relax, be himself.) Grab a cold one and enjoy.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; book; culture; design; entertainment; men; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Scott McCloud on comics - TED.com|
In this unmissable look at the magic of comics, Scott McCloud bends the presentation format into a cartoon-like experience, where colorful diversions whiz through childhood fascinations and imagined futures that our eyes can hear and touch.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; arts; book; children; computers; creativity; design; entertainment; future; history; TED2005; 2005
|Jay Walker's library of human imagination - TED.com|
Jay Walker, curator of the Library of Human Imagination, conducts a surprising show-and-tell session highlighting a few of the intriguing artifacts that backdropped the 2008 TED stage.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; book; business; culture; design; entertainment; entrepreneur; innovation; invention; library; technology; TED2008; 2008
|James Geary, metaphorically speaking - TED.com|
Aphorism enthusiast and author James Geary waxes on a fascinating fixture of human language: the metaphor. Friend of scribes from Aristotle to Elvis, metaphor can subtly influence the decisions we make, Geary says.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; book; language; music; poetry; writing; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Ben Katchor's comics of bygone New York - TED.com|
In this captivating talk from the TED archive, cartoonist Ben Katchor reads from his comic strips. These perceptive, surreal stories find the profound hopes and foibles of history (and modern New York) preserved in objects like light switches and signs.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; New York; art; book; cities; humor; 2002
|Sarah Kaminsky: My father the forger - TED.com|
Sarah Kaminsky tells the extraordinary story of her father Adolfo and his activity during World War II -- using his ingenuity and talent for forgery to save lives.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxParis 2010; TED; Talks; book; culture; entertainment; global issues; heroism; history; storytelling; war; 2010
|Benjamin Wallace on the price of happiness - TED.com|
Can happiness be bought? To find out, author Benjamin Wallace sampled the world's most expensive products, including a bottle of 1947 Chateau Cheval Blanc, 8 ounces of Kobe beef and the fabled (notorious) Kopi Luwak coffee. His critique may surprise you.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Taste3 2008; TED; Talks; book; business; culture; entertainment; food; happiness; writing; 2008
|Peter Reinhart on bread - TED.com|
Batch to batch, crust to crust ... In tribute to the beloved staple food, baking master Peter Reinhart reflects on the cordial couplings (wheat and yeast, starch and heat) that give us our daily bread. Try not to eat a slice.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Taste3 2008; TED; Talks; art; book; chemistry; death; food; life; love; science; 2008
|Jarrett J. Krosoczka: How a boy became an artist - TED.com|
When Jarrett J. Krosoczka was a kid, he didn’t play sports, but he loved art. He paints the funny and touching story of a little boy who pursued a simple passion: to draw and write stories. With the help of a supporting cast of family and teachers, our protagonist grew up to become the successful creator of beloved children’s book characters, and a vocal advocate for arts education. (Filmed at TEDxHampshireCollege.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; arts; book; children; design; storytelling; writing; TEDxHampshireCollege; 2012
|William Noel: Revealing the lost codex of Archimedes - TED.com|
How do you read a two-thousand-year-old manuscript that has been erased, cut up, written on and painted over? With a powerful particle accelerator, of course! Ancient books curator William Noel tells the fascinating story behind the Archimedes palimpsest, a Byzantine prayer book containing previously-unknown original writings from ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes and others.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Internet; art; arts; book; history; museums; open-source; TEDxSummit; 2012
|Mary Roach: 10 things you didn't know about orgasm - TED.com|
"Bonk" author Mary Roach delves into obscure scientific research, some of it centuries old, to make 10 surprising claims about sexual climax, ranging from the bizarre to the hilarious. (This talk is aimed at adults. Viewer discretion advised.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; book; culture; history; humor; science; sex; writing; 2009
|Brewster Kahle builds a free digital library - TED.com|
Brewster Kahle is building a truly huge digital library -- every book ever published, every movie ever released, all the strata of web history ... It's all free to the public -- unless someone else gets to it first.
Keywords: TEDTalks; EG 2007; TED; Talks; book; design; entertainment; film; history; library; media; music; technology; web; 2007
|Tim Ferriss: Smash fear, learn anything - TED.com|
From the EG conference: Productivity guru Tim Ferriss' fun, encouraging anecdotes show how one simple question -- "What's the worst that could happen?" -- is all you need to learn to do anything.
Keywords: TEDTalks; EG 2008; TED; Talks; book; dance; language; life; productivity; work; 2008
|Steven Pinker chalks it up to the blank slate - TED.com|
Steven Pinker's book The Blank Slate argues that all humans are born with some innate traits. Here, Pinker talks about his thesis, and why some people found it incredibly upsetting.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; book; brain; children; culture; language; psychology; science; TED2003; 2003
|Neil Pasricha: The 3 A's of awesome - TED.com|
Neil Pasricha's blog 1000 Awesome Things savors life's simple pleasures, from free refills to clean sheets. In this heartfelt talk from TEDxToronto, he reveals the 3 secrets (all starting with A) to leading a life that's truly awesome.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxToronto 2010; TED; Talks; book; happiness; life; love; personal growth; psychology; writing; 2010
|Parul Sehgal: An ode to envy - TED.com|
What is jealousy? What drives it, and why do we secretly love it? No study has ever been able to capture its “loneliness, longevity, grim thrill” -- that is, says Parul Sehgal, except for fiction. In an eloquent meditation she scours pages from literature to show how jealousy is not so different from a quest for knowledge.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; book; culture; literature; love; relationships; sex; writing; TEDSalon NY2013; 2013
|Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story - TED.com|
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Africa; book; culture; storytelling; third world; writing; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Seth Godin on the tribes we lead - TED.com|
Seth Godin argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. He urges us to do so.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; book; communication; community; marketing; social media; society; 2009
|Christien Meindertsma: How pig parts make the world turn - TED.com|
Christien Meindertsma, author of "Pig 05049" looks at the astonishing afterlife of the ordinary pig, parts of which make their way into at least 185 non-pork products, from bullets to artificial hearts.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2010; TED; Talks; book; business; consumerism; design; engineering; food; medicine; product design; 2010
|David Macaulay's Rome Antics - TED.com|
David Macaulay relives the winding and sometimes surreal journey toward the completion of Rome Antics, his illustrated homage to the historic city.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; MacArthur grant; art; arts; book; cities; communication; culture; design; entertainment; humor; storytelling; 2002